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ERA Chair at J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical chemistry AS CR – The institutional approach towards ERA


PhD curriculum on nanocatalysis

A PhD curriculum in Nanocatalysis will be established with one of the major universities. PhD students will be trained and supervised at HIPC and a Student lab will be created, where PhD students praticipate in education and training of undergraduates and highschool students.

Inauguration of the Nanocatalysis lab

The inauguration of the lab will be a public festive event with the reconstruction of the laboratory facilities completed, with all the instrumentation in place, and all the staff being hired.

Research program in Nanocatalysis

Tee ERA Chair will draft a Research program for the new department of nanocatalysis for the period of the project. It will describe the scientific merit of the work, indicate the the needed resources in terms of funding, instrumentation, and laborforce. It will contain a clear timeline and specify the expected scientific outcomes. This plan will be reviewed annually, and its updates will be included into the Project progress reports.

Selection of the team members

The selection procedure for team members mirrors that of the ERA-Chair (transparency, broad advertisement, compliance with theCode etc.) with some minor modifications. The two stage procedure is based on a broadly (internationally) and sufficiently long advertised vacancy and consist of a (A) Remote evaluation phase – comprising the analysis of the CVs of the candidates, the publication lists and past achievements, and eventually the motivation and recommendation letters (the remote evaluation phase may also include phone or video interviews); (B) Interview and scientific presentation – the candidate is offered the possibility to present his/her scientific results in a short presentations in front of the interested audience of the HIPC (catalysis departments); at the same time, will the candidate be invited for an obligatory interview in a closed session of the selection committee (SC). Up to five members of the team might be selected. The ERA Chair has hereby a determining role and a veto-vote.

1. Events

Summarizes the Scientific events organized by the ERA-Chair in the first year of the project implementation, i.e. seminars, workshops, invited lectures. It includes also participation of the ERA-Chair and of the team members in international conferences. This report will contain also the list of the public events organized, co-organized and attended by the ERA-Chair. including short annotation of the presentations.

The PAB established

The project advisory board (PAB) will be established straight from the beginning of the project implementation to allow monitoring of the project from its very early stages. The PAB will have an advisory role to play within the selection procedure of the ERA chair (one member of the PAB is member of the Selection committee, all others will review the CV and any other materials of the preselected candidates).

Building international relations

The number of newly established international cooperation (exchanges, joint publications, visits, formalized contracts, etc.) of HIPC in the field of nano catalysis initiated by the ERA Chair project will be reported reported. Further changes will be reported in the Project progress reports.

Dedicated WEB

A dedicated WEB pages will be created to increase the visibility of the ERA-Chair project. The project accomplishments will be highlighted on the main webpage of HIPC and crosslinked to the WEB-page of the ERA-Chair project. Those accomplishments will be further promoted by using social media and academic and professional networks such as ResearchGate, Academia, Mendeley, LinkedIn, GoogleScholar, blogs in news media.

Public Engagement Day / Nanocatalysis Day

The first public Engagement day (Nanocatalysis day) will introduce the project to the scientific audience and broader public in context of the dissemination and awareness rising activities of the HIPC and of the Academy of Sciences. It will continue to be held annually.

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In Situ Formed Ir 3 Li Nanoparticles as Active Cathode Material in Li–Oxygen Batteries

Author(s): Avik Halder, Anh T. Ngo, Xiangyi Luo, Hsien-Hau Wang, J. G. Wen, Pedram Abbasi, Mohammad Asadi, Chengji Zhang, Dean Miller, Dongzhou Zhang, Jun Lu, Paul C. Redfern, Kah Chun Lau, Rachid Amine, Rajeev S. Assary, Yun Jung Lee, Amin Salehi-Khojin, Stefan Vajda, Khalil Amine, Larry A. Curtiss
Published in: The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2019, ISSN 1089-5639
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.9b06875

Mapping XANES spectra on structural descriptors of copper oxide clusters using supervised machine learning

Author(s): Yang Liu, Nicholas Marcella, Janis Timoshenko, Avik Halder, Bing Yang, Lakshmi Kolipaka, Michael. J. Pellin, Soenke Seifert, Stefan Vajda, Ping Liu, Anatoly I. Frenkel
Published in: The Journal of Chemical Physics, Issue 151/16, 2019, Page(s) 164201, ISSN 0021-9606
DOI: 10.1063/1.5126597

Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Cyclohexane by Cu vs Pd Clusters: Selectivity Control by Specific Cluster Dynamics

Author(s): Avik Halder, Mai-Anh Ha, Huanchen Zhai, Bing Yang, Michael J. Pellin, Sönke Seifert, Anastassia N Alexandrova, Stefan Vajda
Published in: ChemCatChem, 2019, ISSN 1867-3880
DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201901795

Dynamic Interplay between Copper Tetramers and Iron Oxide Boosting CO 2 Conversion to Methanol and Hydrocarbons under Mild Conditions

Author(s): Bing Yang, Xin Yu, Avik Halder, Xiaoben Zhang, Xiong Zhou, Gilbère J. A. Mannie, Eric Tyo, Michael J. Pellin, Soenke Seifert, Dangsheng Su, Stefan Vajda
Published in: ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Issue 7/17, 2019, Page(s) 14435-14442, ISSN 2168-0485
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b01561